A very different ball game

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 June, 2012, 12:00am


Unlike many MBA students, Anthony Wong's academic background and career are not related to the finance industry. Wong graduated from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in sports science.

In his final year, he received a scholarship to study sports marketing at the University of Kansas, one of the top universities in the US. He was also given an internship in the sports department, to organise annual national track and field events.

After graduating, Wong returned to Hong Kong, starting his career in marketing and communications at Edelman, the independent public relations (PR) agency, before being recruited by Bite Communications, a UK-based PR company, to start the agency up in Hong Kong.

English proficiency is vital in the PR industry, so Wong pursued a master's degree in English while working in the PR firm before moving to the global corporate communications department of Lee Kum Kee. He has now worked in marketing and communications for more than eight years.

Why did you pursue an MBA?

My goal is to be in the top management level of multinational corporations. As neither my bachelor degree nor my master's are related to business studies, taking business classes is necessary to achieving this goal. The MBA gave me well-rounded training, and I can now function in different areas such as marketing, sales and finance. A successful leader should be dynamic.

What are the reasons behind your choice of school?

I wanted a reputable institution that offers practical knowledge, not simply a qualification. I wanted to learn how to start up, operate and expand a business, raise funds, and even turn it into a listed company. All this requires knowledge of business law, accounting, investment management, Six Sigma and so on.

After making comparisons with other schools in Hong Kong, I decided that Chinese University (CUHK) offered the best MBA.

What were the major challenges of your MBA studies?

I did not have a background in accounting and finance, so some core finance courses were challenging. My advice is to make connections with classmates from different industries.

How do you see yourself three to five years down the road?